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Cats and Colors

Black Tortie Doll Face Persians, Chocolate Tortie Dollface Persians

One of the things that cat-lovers adore most about the feline population is the wide array of colors
and patters that each breed can be found in.
When faced with the varieties, from brown (chocolate) to black to grey (blue) and even purple (lilac),
it’s difficult to believe that all domesticated felines originated from a select few wild breeds.
How did all these incredible color combinations come about?

Lilac Teacup Doll Face Persians, Blue Tea Cup Dollface Persians

Just How Many Color Combos Are There?
Like the flavors at your favorite ice cream shop, there are at many different color combinations found in the feline population.
Here is a sampling of some of the color combinations and their descriptions:

 

Black doll face persians

Black Doll Face Persian

Black – Though it may sound straightforward, “black” can actually refer to a few different colors.
Your black cat may appear to be black all over, but actually be coal, grayish- or brownish-black in color. 
Black coats also sometimes turn lighter in the sun and appear to be a rust color.

Black and white Bi-Color Dollface Persians

Black and White Bi-Color Doll Face Persian

Black and White Bi-Color – “Bi-color” refers to any coat that is about half white.
If you have a black and white bi-color, your cat has a background of white
with clearly outlined black areas, as opposed to shaded points.

Blue Ragamuffin Kitten, Blue Ragaper Kitten

Blue Ragaper

Blue – To describe your cat as “blue” doesn’t mean he or she has a peculiar splash of Smurf-esque color.
“Blue" usually refers to the blue-gray that is found in breeds like the Russian Blue and Korat,
but can appear in any cat.  This color can range from dark slate gray to a medium or pale grey.

Blue and White Bi-Color Napolen Kittens

Blue and White Bi-Color Napoleon

Blue and White Bi-Color – As with the black and white bi-color, if your cat is blue and bi-color,
this means that he or she is about half white, with clearly delineated blue areas.

Blue Cream Ragamuffin Kittens

Blue Cream Ragaper

Blue Cream - The coat of "Blue Cream" cat is the beautiful blue-gray of a blue
with patches of cream mixed into her coat. 

Cameo Napoleon Kitten, Cameo Munchkin Kittens

Cameo Napoleon

Cameo – Like the pretty, old-fashioned jewelry, “cameo” refers to a pattern of red over a silver
or white-colored background.
Cameo’s usually have striped red patterns, like a tabby.

 

Chocolate Persians, Chocolate Dollface Persians, Teddy Bear Persian Kittens

Chocolate Doll Face Persian

Chocolate – Rather than solid black, chocolate cats are a more rare and luxurious shade of brown.
Solid coats are created by a recessive gene that suppresses natural patterns,
like stripes and spots.

Cream Dollface Persians, Cream Doll Face Persians

Cream Doll Face Persian

Cream – “Cream” refers to a pale coat in a softer off-white shade than traditional solid whites.
The cream color can vary from a pale orange to beige, and when exhibited on a tabby,
the stripes are sometimes a pale red.

Cream and White Bi-Color Ragaper, Ragamuffin kittens

Cream and White Bi-Color Ragaper

Cream and White Bi-Color – A cream and white bi-color occurs when the coat is approximately half white,
with cream, tan, or pale orange, clearly defined areas.

Chocolate Calico, Chocolate Tortie with white, Napoleon kittens

Chocolate Calico Napoleon

Dilute/Dominant/Chocolate Calico – The term "calico" refers to the amount of white background,
as well as size and distribution of colored areas.
Usually, the more white present on the cat, the bigger and more defined the patches
(usually red and black) will be.
A "dilute calico" has blue and cream patches instead of the darker red and black of a “dominant”.
A "chocolate calico has patches of chocolate and red contrasting the white. 

Golden Persians Dollface, Chincilla Golden Persians

Golden Doll Face Persian

Golden/Golden Chinchilla – The descriptive terms “Golden” and “Golden Chinchilla”
refer to cats with an undercoat of rich gold or apricot.
The fur on the back, flanks, tail and head are tipped with dark brown or black
and give the coat an almost sparkling appearance.

Lilac Dollface Persian, Lilac Persian Kitten

Lilac Teacup Doll Face Persian

Lilac – “Lilac,” like the misleading “blue,” doesn’t necessarily mean bright purple.
Lilac cats really are more of a pale lavender color with a rosy tint.

Lilac Cream Napoleon

Lilac Cream - The "lilac cream", much like the "blue cream", is the beautiful shade of lilac (lavender)
combined with patches of cream to make a truly stunning coat.

Red and White Bi-Color Ragamuffin Kitten

Red and White Bi-Color Ragaper

Red and White Bi-Color – Red and white bi-coloring occurs when a cat is roughly half white,
with blotches of red or pale orange.

Red Tabby Dollface Persian Kittens

Red Tabby Doll Face Persian

Red Tabby – A red tabby is one that carries orange or reddish tabby markings
on a white or pale beige background.
Tabbies can either be striped (also called “mackerel”)
or the more traditional “bull’s-eye” pattern.

Silver Chincilla Dollface Persian Kittens

Silver Chinchilla Doll Face Persian

Shaded Silver/Silver Chinchilla – “Shaded silver” or “silver chinchilla” cats have an undercoat of white.
The tips of the fur are gray in color, giving them their silver appearance.

Tortie Dollface Persians, Chocolate tortie Persian, Rare and Unique Persians

Chocolate Tortie Doll Face Persian

Tortie – A "tortoiseshell” or "tortie" cat has randomly patches of red, black or chocolate,
and cream all over her coat.
These patches may blend into each other or be defined to still be considered a tortie.
The tortoiseshell and calico coats are both linked to the X chromosome and appear only in females,
except for rare cases.

Blue Eyed White Dollface Perisan, White Persian with blue eyes, Cashmere white

Blue Eyed White Doll Face Persian

White Blue-Eyed – “Blue Eyed White” describes the distinctive combination of white fur and bright blue eyes.

Bi-eyed White Kittens, ragamuffin Kittens

Bi-Eyed (one copper eye and one blue eye) White Ragaper

White Bi-Eyed – White bi-eyed cats, like white blue-eyed cats have white coats and different colored eyes.
Bi-eyed cats usually have one blue eye and one eye that is green or copper.

Copper Eyed White Dollface Persian Kittens, White Persians with copper eyes, Cashmere white Persian

Copper Eyed White Doll Face Persian

White Copper-Eyed – “Copper Eyed White” describes a cat with white fur and brilliant copper eyes.
Both extreme blue and glimmering copper eyes are less common than eye colors
that fall in the medium range of colors.

Blue Point Himalayn dollface Himalayan

Blue Point Doll Face Himalayan

Blue Point – “Blue point” describes cats with a cream- or beige-colored base coat
and gray fur on the face, paws, and tails.
Points are most often seen in the Siamese and Himalayan breeds,
but can appear in other breeds as well.

Chocolate Point Himalayan Dollface Himalayan

Chocolate Point Doll Face Himalayan

Chocolate Point – Cats with “chocolate points” have a cream or beige body
with darker brown on their face, paws and tails.

Cream Point Himalayan Dollface Himalayan

Cream Point Doll Face Himalayan

Cream Point – “Cream point” refers to cats with bright white coats and
light beige colorations on their face, paws and tails.

Flame Point Himalayan Dollface Himalyan

Flame Point Doll Face Himalayan

Flame Point – “Flame point” describes cats with a white coat and red
or pale orange markings on their face, paws and tails

Seal Point Himalayan Dollface Himalayan

Seal Point Doll Face Himalayan

Seal Point – The distinctive “seal point” cat has a pale fawn or cream body color
with deep seal brown points.

Tortie Point Himalayan Dollface Himalayan

Seal Tortie Point Doll Face Himalayan

Tortie Point – The “tortie point” has a pale coat with tortoiseshell markings
on her face, paws and tail.


Ragaper kittens

What Caused the Color Spectrum?
During the evolution process, the feline’s environment had a big impact on the development of their coat colors and patterns.  For example, the leopard’s famous spots serve the purpose of camouflaging them from their prey in the plains of Africa: their pale spotted coats blend in with the dried grasses to render them nearly invisible.  Striped tabby patterns serve a similar purpose and are still seen in the African Wild Cat.  

The domestication of the cat and resulting spread of the population to other areas of the world determined the colors and patterns that popped up in future generations of cats.  For example, tabbies didn’t need the camouflage of stripes in an urban area, and through generations, would develop different colored coats that were better adapted to their surroundings.  Black and white cats became more dominant in cities and towns, as their coats provided a better disguise.  The tabby color variation remained in cats that needed the cover of the forests and grasslands of rural areas.  

Dark-colored cats were thought to have developed in areas where cats lived closer to civilization.  The darker their coats, the less likely they would be detected when the ventured into settlements to forage for food and hunt for rodents. 

Variety of Colors Kittens

Color Stereotypes
Cat owners have debated for centuries whether you can tell what a cat’s personality is like from the color of their fur.  Are red-haired cats really hot-tempered like the stereotype that labels their human counterparts?  Are calico or tortie felines more likely to be maternal and nurturing?  In 2001, Sarah Hartwell, a cat shelter employee, tried to answer this question and came up with some interesting findings.

Interacting with so many cats in her line of work gave her a good base to draw from.  She and her co-workers would refer to tortoiseshell cats as “naughty torties” as they often seemed more temperamental than the others, and ginger cats were indeed found to be spirited and feisty – the quintessential, street-wise “alley cat.”

Sarah researched some of the common stereotypes about different colored breeds that have developed over the years.  Persians, specifically, included some of these generalizations:

Black – Loyal
White – calm
Red – polite
Cream – even-tempered
Blue (Grey) – gentle
Tortoiseshell – maternal
Calico (Tortie & White) – calm, sweet-natured
Black & White Bi-Color – placid
Tabby – good-natured
Pewter/Shaded Silver – very affectionate and sweet
Color point/Himalayan – gentle, but spirited
Chocolate/Lilac – outgoing, inquisitive

White Dollface Persians, Cashmere white Persians

Color v. Temperament: Myth or Fact
Believe it or not, it isn’t impossible that cat personalities are linked to coat color, as both are pre-determined by genetics.  But just how accurate are some of these generalizations?

In Sarah’s study, evidence that coat color appeared to be less likely to be linked to personality than a personality being linked to certain breeds.  For example, in the list above of Persian traits, most of the characteristics (regardless of color) revolved around sweetness, affection, and even-temperedness – standard Persian qualities.

Certain temperaments and established breeds go along hand-in-hand more often than temperament and color, with few exceptions.  A study done on black-and-white cats in Bavaria showed that this color of cat was more likely to roam further from home.  This study was done on a large enough group of cats that the results suggested that this personality trait had a basis in genetics, rather than coincidence.

Doll Face Persians, Dollface Persian Kittens

Are Certain Colors More Popular?
Breed stereotypes have a definite impact on what colors people choose when looking for a pet.  If a person once had a ginger cat that was unfriendly and aggressive, they might be more likely to choose a black cat for their next pet.  On the other hand, if a person is superstitious, they might avoid black cats, believing that they are unlucky. 

Color popularity has shifted over the years with changing trends and ideas.  In the 17th century, townspeople were more likely to choose black-and-white, blue-and-white or black cats.  The “in” cat color of the 1960’s in Great Britain was red or red-and-white.  Recent studies showed that blue was the most sought-after color, with black coming in second, and tabbies third.

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